Serbia in the eyes of the world

Our friend journalist from Egypt, sent us an article she wrote about some Serbs that spread the word about Serbia. Thank you, Maydaa, for your article and your time to think about our country. Surely, we could say a lot more on this subject, and we will soon give our own article.

Spreading countries’ cultures is somehow tricky. Some countries are able to spread their cultures because their economy is strong, such as Germany. Others are able to do so when their languages are wildly spoken, such as Spain. Some other countries can combine both factors, like Britain. Meanwhile, other states have rich cultures, yet now known to the world.

When Eastern and Central European countries, such as Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary and Poland joined the EU; they successfully implemented their culture in Europe – through exploiting the union’s perks and ties. Serbia, on the other hand, was able to leave its cultural prints all over the world, though having no traditional factors but through its prominent figures.

Emir Kusturica is a Serbian film director, author of nine moviesand many television and short films. He is also a musician and a producer. Kusturica was born in November 1954 in Sarajevo. He directed “When father was away on business”, that later received the Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985, as well as the Prize of the International Federation of the cinema Press (FIPRESCI) at the Cannes Film Festival in the same year. A year later this film won the Oscar for best foreign film as well as the Golden Globe for the best foreign film.

Ten years in Kusturica career, he directed “Underground”. The film won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. One year later, it won the best film at the Prix Lumieres in Paris. It also won the best film in foreign language at the Boston Society, Film Critics and the best film in foreign language at the Kinema Junpo.

Kusturica built the city of Drvengrad (Timber Town) in Zaltibor District, Serbia for his film “life is a miracle” (2004) which was nominatedfor the 2004 Cannes Films Festivals. Kusturica was the director, co-writer, co-producer and co-musician of this film. Aside from the town’s artistic importance, this town then turned to be one of the most enjoyable and visited tourist attractions in Serbia. A year later, Kusturica received the Philippe Rotthier European Architecture award.

Zoran Zarić is a southern Serbian artist who was born in 1949. He received a bacheor degree in Mechanical Engineering in Belgrade. His art is known for expressing each and every detail about the daily life in Serbia. He is known and recognized in Serbia and the world.

Some Serbians took it on their own to spread the culture of their homeland. Magdalena Petrović is a Serbian writer, teacher and translator from the Serbian city of Smederevo. She is also the administrator of the facebook group “Serbian Language Learners Worldwide“, where she helps people worldwide to study Serbian. She has also taken it to the ground, and organized Serbian language workshops and private lessons in Athens for six weeks between the 1st of June and 10th of July 2015.


Writen by Maydaa Abo El-Nadar

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